Peter Krsko Apoptosis
Opening Saturday, May 9, 6 – 10 pm, The Fridge presents Apoptosis, a sculptural exhibit from DC-based artist and scientist Peter Krsko.
Krsko will transform the gallery space through a large-scale installation composed of repurposed lumber collected during the artist’s recent explorations throughout the metro region and beyond.
Krsko relates the process of developing his sculptures to the natural scientific process known as apoptosis. During this process, cells sacrifice their own life in order to create gains for the greater good. Similarly, in larger structures, cells and organisms are destined to die in order to improve the overall functionality of the systems they support.
Krsko says, “Each piece of wood started on a sunny slope as a living and breathing being. It was then selected for a new purpose – to provide warm and comfortable shelter in a modern city. I bend and reassemble these construction materials so that they shift from manmade, sterile squares into new, organic forms. These new shapes mimic the twists and curves commonly found in nature. The old building blocks, situations and knowledge must be destroyed in order to construct new ideas and viewpoints, again and again…”
Krsko’s installation will be a fully-immersive experience. Viewers of Apoptosis are asked to become part of the narrative by exploring, touching and walking through the artwork.
Works in progress:
Apoptosis will be on view through June 6, 2015.
About the Artist
Peter Krsko is a DC-based artist and co-founder of Krsko Creative Group and Albus Cavus, a collective of artists, educators and visionaries who use art, science and technology to improve public spaces with the goal of building healthy communities. Krsko holds a PhD in Biophysics and Material Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Wood is the medium of choice for this exhibit as a result of the material’s unique properties, stored energy and the artist’s heritage. Krsko grew up in the mountains of Slovakia in a family with an extensive experience working with lumber.